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Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | February 18, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- CoxHealth has settled 24 out of 66 lawsuits related to excessive radiation exposure. The hospital admitted in February 2010 that 76 patients may have been exposed to high levels of radiation when a physicist mis-calibrated a machine in 2004. Forty-two of the lawsuits are still pending. The terms of the settlement have not been released.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | January 2, 2013
BRANSON, Mo -- With fiscal cliff concerns, CoxHealth officials say the merger with Skaggs Hospital in Branson couldn't have come at a better time. There are already several changes on the outside of the hospital.  Skaggs is now Cox Medical Center Branson.  The temporary signs are just the beginning. Leaders are celebrating the partnership with a $25 million check.  It's the first of many investments from CoxHealth. The money will go toward health and wellness programs in the community.  Among the celebration, there is concern about the fiscal cliff and its effect on this once small town hospital.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | October 31, 2012
BRANSON, Mo -- CoxHealth plans to invest more than $100 million in improvements for Skaggs Hospital.  The partnership was approved last month.  Now plans are being finalized. Skaggs will expand services with updated equipment and additional staff.  Clinics in Stone and Taney Counties will also get upgrades.   The computers systems will be improved with electronic records.  Some of the employees say the merger is bringing stability. "In the past few years we have all been a little concerned about where health care was going.  Whenever you are working under some uncertainly, the jobs not as fun as at usually is.  This freed us up where we are a little more at ease around here.  As far as job security, that mean a lot to all of us," said dietitian Lisa Frazier.
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Edited News Release and newsalerts@ky3.com | May 7, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Kids ages six to 18 are invited to a free health and wellness screening on Saturday, May 12th at theKohl'sDepartment Store Parking Lot, 1909 E. Independence. The screenings will run from 8 - 11 am and are hosted by CoxHealth, CMN Hospitals, andKohl's. The department store promotes a program called Kohl'sCARDIAC Kids. The program seeks to identify children who are at a high risk for obesity and heart disease. It aims to teach these kids and their families how to live a more healthy lifestyle.
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Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From Skaggs Regional Medical Center and areynolds@ky3.com | September 20, 2012
Branson, MO - The Skaggs Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees has approved the Board of Directors' recommendation to strategically partner with CoxHealth.  This is a significant accomplishment for both healthcare systems, setting in motion progression and stability of healthcare for the Branson Tri-Lakes region. Under the agreement, a member substitution model, Skaggs continues to maintain its own hospital board while becoming a subsidiary of CoxHealth.  CoxHealth, as the parent company, assumes the responsibilities previously held by the Skaggs Board of Trustees.  Additionally, CoxHealth will have representation on the Skaggs Board and Skaggs will have representation on the CoxHealth Board.  This allows both parties to act together as one entity for the purposes of contracting, recruitment and growth.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | June 26, 2013
NIXA Mo. --  Nixa educators say they must find a way to help these kids.  If given the right tools, studies show those who have dyslexia often become successful.  However, most teachers are not trained to know the signs of dyslexia.  Nixa administrators hope to change all that. "This program will allow parents with kids who are struggling an answer that they are looking for, that the school districts can't provide because they are gray area kids," said Noel Leif. Leif has three children in that gray area, all three are dyslexic.
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by Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | September 17, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- You do not have to go far to see for yourself how distracted people on their cellular telephones can be.  A new study shows injuries due to the distraction have more than doubled in the last few years.  The problem is amplified on college campuses like Missouri State University.  "I've people run into each other because of texting and things like that," said MSU student Sierra Carter. It may not seem like a big deal, until you take a look at the numbers.  An Ohio State University study showed more than 1,500 people were treated in emergency rooms for cell phone-related incidents, compared to 559 in 2004.
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by Jay Scherder and jscherder@ky3.com | July 5, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo --  Former Missouri Tigers standout Lorenzo Williams will host a football camp for kids grades K-12 on Saturday, July 9, in Springfield. Several Missouri football alumni, including many current NFL players, will help teach kids at the clinic. Following the football camp, the players will head downtown to sign autographs. The event will be held 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 9 at Big Whiskey’s American Bar & Grill downtown location (311 Park Central East) . Several former Missouri Tigers currently playing in the NFL are scheduled to be in attendance.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | August 2, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, --  They care for us in our most trying times, but how well are hospital workers doing their job? "Consumer Reports" just released its latest hospital ratings. The study rated 2,500 hospitals for common surgical procedures. The two medical powerhouses in the Queen City did well.  Overall, CoxHealth ranked sightly above average. Mercy ranked average.   "Overall, we were very happy with it.  We were ranked better than average, which is always where you want to be.  It gave us opportunities to look at improving our situation and improve the care we are providing the community," said Vicki Good, with CoxHealth.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | September 27, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - CoxHealth announced at a news conference Friday that it will add nicotine screening to the list of tests that potential employees must pass.  Company officials said the new policy is part of their mission to improve the health of the community. CoxHealth employees frequently see the effects of smoking.  "Simply put, smoking is the worst self-inflicted harm any human being can do to herself or himself.  Certainly as a cancer doctor, I see the devastating impact of smoking every day, not only on the patient, but also on their family," said Dr. Abe Abdalla, medical director of Hulston Cancer Center.
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by Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | September 17, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- You do not have to go far to see for yourself how distracted people on their cellular telephones can be.  A new study shows injuries due to the distraction have more than doubled in the last few years.  The problem is amplified on college campuses like Missouri State University.  "I've people run into each other because of texting and things like that," said MSU student Sierra Carter. It may not seem like a big deal, until you take a look at the numbers.  An Ohio State University study showed more than 1,500 people were treated in emergency rooms for cell phone-related incidents, compared to 559 in 2004.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | August 2, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, --  They care for us in our most trying times, but how well are hospital workers doing their job? "Consumer Reports" just released its latest hospital ratings. The study rated 2,500 hospitals for common surgical procedures. The two medical powerhouses in the Queen City did well.  Overall, CoxHealth ranked sightly above average. Mercy ranked average.   "Overall, we were very happy with it.  We were ranked better than average, which is always where you want to be.  It gave us opportunities to look at improving our situation and improve the care we are providing the community," said Vicki Good, with CoxHealth.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | June 26, 2013
NIXA Mo. --  Nixa educators say they must find a way to help these kids.  If given the right tools, studies show those who have dyslexia often become successful.  However, most teachers are not trained to know the signs of dyslexia.  Nixa administrators hope to change all that. "This program will allow parents with kids who are struggling an answer that they are looking for, that the school districts can't provide because they are gray area kids," said Noel Leif. Leif has three children in that gray area, all three are dyslexic.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | May 21, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Medical professionals at CoxHealth Trauma Services say motorcycle, bicycle and all-terrain vehicle crashes are on the rise, if the number of patients they have seen this year is any indication. CoxHealth Trauma Services coordinator Jami Blackwell, in a news release, said her staff has seen two and a half times the number of motorcycle crash patients of their total number in 2012. Blackwell also said there is also an increase in the number of bicycle and all-terrain vehicle crashes.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | May 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- CoxHealth on Wednesday morning broke ground on an expansion that will include a women's and children's hospital and a neuroscience center. CoxHealth officials expect the 310,000-square foot addition to be complete in 18 to 24 months, according to a news release. The total projected cost is $130 million, financed in part by issuing bonds. Officials present also announced two major donations: one from the Jared family, which will support the Jared Neuroscience Center; and another from Arthur and Ruth Ann White, in support of the Dee Ann White Women's and Children's Hospital.
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by Jerry Jacob, KY3 News and jjacob@ky3.com | April 3, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- CoxHealth plans to build a second tower at Cox South Hospital.  The health care company announced the 310,000-square-foot expansion at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon. The cost of the expansion will be $130 million.  CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards says the expansion is moving forward right now because of the current financial climate. "There is no better time than right now to go to the bond market for hospitals," Edwards said at a public announcement in the lobby of the hospital Wednesday afternoon.  "There may never be a better time in the course of my career.
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | March 21, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Using your radio to help a good cause -- the annual CoxHealth Radiothon begins today to benefit Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Last year's Radiothon raised about $92,500, and officials at CoxHealth would like to top that this year. They say they were up a little last year and they want to see that trend continue. Radiothon is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year, and the money raised will help children and families with things like prosthetics, hearing aids, wheelchairs and therapy.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | January 2, 2013
BRANSON, Mo -- With fiscal cliff concerns, CoxHealth officials say the merger with Skaggs Hospital in Branson couldn't have come at a better time. There are already several changes on the outside of the hospital.  Skaggs is now Cox Medical Center Branson.  The temporary signs are just the beginning. Leaders are celebrating the partnership with a $25 million check.  It's the first of many investments from CoxHealth. The money will go toward health and wellness programs in the community.  Among the celebration, there is concern about the fiscal cliff and its effect on this once small town hospital.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | December 12, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- More than a dozen Cox South Hospital patients expecting to get surgery on Wednesday were sent home.  Hospital officials canceled scheduled operations because of possible contamination.  One of those patients talked about the experience later in the day. Tim Jarvis was still wearing his hospital band during the interview. “They had already prepped me with an IV and given me three tubes of medication,” he said. His nurse was waiting for him to fall asleep and take him into surgery.
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